12 Jun 2013

Product Spotlight - Aqua Painter

Hi there. For this months Product Spotlight I've chosen the Aqua Painter. Such a handy little tool! You can have images watercoloured in no time at all. And if you think you're not so good with Markers, this is for you! The Aqua Painter holds water and has a brush tip end so there's no need for separate brushes and water container. It's great for travelling too due to this.
Getting Started with the Aqua Painter
1.  The blue upper part of the Aqua Painter is the water reservoir which screws off to enable it to be filled with water and screws back on water tight - so, fill your reservoir with water.
2.  As in the picture here, you can use your stamp pad lids as the palette for that colour. To do this with Stampin' Up! Ink Pads, press the lid of a closed ink pad against the bottom of it.
3.  To add water to ink, lightly squeeze the reservoir and drops of water filter down to the tip of the brush. Make a 'pool' of inky water and you're ready to paint!
4.  You can also transfer ink onto a plastic container lid by pressing the ink pad onto the lid.
This is one of the cards we made in a class I held last Saturday using Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets - Cottage Window (which is retiring, soooo sad. It even has a Christmas Holly Branch and Snowflakes that you can stamp in the window. Soooo Cute!!) Postage Due and Bitty Banners

TECHNIQUE TIPS Before You Start
1.  Use Watercolour Paper - I used Stampin' Up! 300gsm Watercolour Paper which absorbs water without buckling the paper. It also allows you to turn the paper over and start again if you need to, even if you've already watercoloured the image! Going to a lower gsm may not allow you to do this due to buckling.
2.  Use non-water based inks like Stazon to stamp the image to be coloured - I used Stazon in Black.
3.  Water-Based inks are fine for colouring the image in with the Aqua Painter - I used Stampin' Up! Ink Pads.
How To For the Card
1.  Start with Baja Breeze Card Base overlayed with Blue paper from Storytime Paper Pack.
2.  Emboss Vanilla Card with Woodgrain Embossing Folder and adhere on top of Blue Paper Piece.
3. Stamp Cottage Window onto Watercolour Paper with Black Stazon Ink.
4. Add the Branch and Pumpkins in Black Stazon - for perfect placement of these I used Stampin' Up! Stamp-a-ma-jig.
5.  Paint the cottage window image with the Aqua Painter and Stampin' Up! ink pads, cut it out and
adhere to Vanilla Woodgrain card piece.
(Colours I used to Watercolour the Cottage Window Stamped Images:
Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron).
6. Stamp the Bike image from the stamp set, Postage Due, in Early Espresso Ink onto Baja Breeze Card. Cut it out and adhere to the Woodgrain card piece.
7.  Die cut Butterfly's using Beautiful Wings Embosslits in Real Red card stock and adhere.
8.  Stamp Happy Birthday from Bitty Banners Stamp Set in Early Espresso onto Real Red card, die cut using Bitty Banners Framelits and mount with Stampin' Dimensionals.
STYLE TIPS
1.  Distress the Edges of the Blue Paper piece with Distressing Tool or fingernail!
2.  Ink the edges of the Vanilla Woodgrain card piece with a Sponge Dauber and Crumb Cake Ink.
Over this month I will post more projects using the Aqua Painter and have some photos showing how  watery and inky your 'pools' should be to achieve different shades of colour and more on techniques.
I hope this might inspire you to give the Aqua Painter a go. It really is fun and another way to use your products. Please feel free to ask questions or leave a comment and I will answer them as soon as possible.
Happy Crafting! Thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)

4 Jun 2013

Secret Garden

Hi There. A couple of months ago one of my card ladies booked me to hold a Stampin' Up! Party in her home and I chose the Secret Garden Stamp Set and Matching Dies as the main feature. Whilst I was preparing for that Party the negative of some branches that I'd cut out using the big shot and the branches die fell onto a piece of pink paper which I thought looked really good - So I made a card out of it! I guess it shows that you can get a positive out of a negative - if you'll pardon the pun!!
Here's the card:
I have been plagued with some bad health lately and my blogging has been rather slow - but tonight is the night that I finally get to answer Nola's question on the Secret Garden Three Panel Accordion Fold Card which I posted in May. If I read the question properly in the first place, which I didn't at the time, it turns out I could have answered it right there and  then as it's such a simple answer. It's the paper Nola. I used the Floral District Designer Series Paper Pack. The poppies are printed on it already. And for the other panel I just punched one poppy out with my circle punch and adhered it onto the die cut branch. Thanks Nola, I appreciate your question - please keep em' comin'. Here's the card again for others who may have missed it.

To view close-ups of each panel go to post dated 16 May.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy my posts and hope it aids in your own creative process. Angeliki :)

29 May 2013

Ink & Tap Techique with Elements of Style

Hi There. Well here I am back with the second card I made using the Ink & Tap Technique. The stamp sets I used are 'Elements of Style' & 'Papillon Potpourri'. This card is made purely with stamps and this technique. The backing piece of card stock is stamped with the flourish stamp from the Elements of Style stamp set and then I paper pierced around the edge for a neat border and to create more visual interest. The stamped Butterfly at the bottom of the card is from the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set and punched out with the Bitty Butterfly Punch. I really looove this technique!

Style Tips for ' Ink & Tap' Technique.
Always start with a lighter colour and add a darker colour for the accent.
1. Ink a stamp up in a Lighter colour than your accent colour using a Classic Stampin' Pad.
2. Then add Accent colours with Stampin' Write Markers.
How To 'Ink & Tap' for the Card Above: 
Create the Backing Piece of Card Stock.
1. Ink the Flourish stamp with Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad
2. Use the Brush end of the Primrose Petals Stampin' Write Marker to add the accent colour. Do this by tapping the side of the Marker against the stamp and also colouring directly on the stamp.
3. Breathe on the stamp to remoisten the ink and stamp straight onto Whisper White card stock.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to cover the whole piece of card stock and stamp off the edges to give a continuous look.
5. Paper Pierce a Border using the Paper Piercing Tool, Mat and Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack.
Create the Floral Oval.
1. Ink the Floral stamp with Baja Breeze Stampin' Pad.
2. Use the Brush end of Midnight Muse Stampin' Write Marker to add the first accent colour.
3. Use the Brush end of Lucky Limeade Marker to add the second accent colour.
Create the Bird:
1. Ink the Bird stamp with Real Red Stampin' Pad.
2. Add the accent colour with Midnight Muse Marker.
Create the Butterfly and For You stamp.
1. Ink both stamps in Baja Breeze Stampin' Pad.
2. Add the accent colour with Midnight Muse Marker.
I hope you'll give this technique a try. I really enjoyed playing with different colour combinations and seeing what I liked and didn't like! It's fun and very creative and gives us other ways to use our Ink Pads and Markers, getting more use out of them! If you would like more info just email me or leave a comment and I'll address it as soon as I can. Nola, I am getting there! Happy Creating and thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)
Here's a List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create this Card:
Rubber Stamps: Elements Of Style, Papillon Potpourri.

Card Stock: Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Real Red.
Ink Pads & Markers: As Above in Instructions
Accessories: Midnight Muse Stitched Ribbon.
Tools: Paper Snips; Paper Piercing Tool, Mat and Essentials Paper Piercing Pack; Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Ovals Collections Framelits Dies; Bitty Butterfly, Modern Label, and 1" Circle Punches.
Adhesives: Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multi Purpose Liquid Glue, Glue Dots (for Bow).

28 May 2013

Borders Scoring Plate and Ink and Tap Technique

Hi There. Well life has been very busy so haven't posted as much as usual, but here I am at last with a card made by Stampin' Up! using my Product Spotlight Product - Borders Scoring Plate, and the 'Oh Hello' stamp set from the current Mini Catalogue. I love the simplicity of this card.  They've used the Marker-to-Stamp Technique for the flower to get the different colours on the stamp itself. I thought this also a good time to post a card I made using another technique where you apply markers directly onto the stamp. This technique is called 'Ink and Tap'

Here's the card I made using the Ink and Tap Technique and is how I achieved the different tones onto each stamped image.
I'll be back tomorrow to post another card I made using this technique with 'How to Do' Instructions. So until then, have a nice evening. Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow. Angeliki :) P.S. Hi Nola, I haven't forgotten your question, and I will address it this week! Please don't let my delay put you off asking questions in the future because I really appreciate them - it's just been a very busy time! Thank you.

23 May 2013

Product Spotlight & Secret Garden

Hi There. I have Two cards today - One is using the Product Spotlight item 'Borders Scoring Plate' and the other is a card I made using the Secret Garden Bundle, Pursuit of Happiness Stamp Set and Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder.
Secret Garden Card - I love this bundle and think it pairs so well with this Embossing Folder. I built the centre flower up in three layers - the large flower is adhered flat to the card and the two five petal flowers are each mounted with Stampin' Dimensionals. I embossed the leaves with Gumball Green Embossing Powder onto Gumball Green Card Stock. Aren't those little 4 petal flowers so cute!! They're from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack which I get heaps of use out of. They're great for layering as well.
Style Tips:
** Emboss your card with Embossing Folder first before adhering anything down - I know that sounds simple but it is easy to get carried away with the flowers and then realising you haven't dry embossed!!
** Only use adherent to the middle of the large flower - this makes it easier to lay the leaves underneath, OR, adhere leaves first, then place flowers on the top. 
** For easier adhering, use the pen tip end of Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Pg 177 Annual Cat') to stick Itty Bitty Flowers down. This is a great strong glue and the dual tips make it perfect for nearly all jobs. .
Swallowtail Butterfly Card - Here's the Card I made using the Borders Scoring Plate which I teamed up with the Needlepoint Border Embossing Folders (set of 2 in the Mini Catalogue). The Needlepoint Border is the solid row of scallops with the dashes on top. I heat embossed the Swallowtail Butterfly with Pool Party Embossing Powder (both also from Mini). The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Banners Stamp Set and cut out with the matching Bitty Banners Framelits.
Here's a List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to make both these Cards:
Secret Garden Card:
Rubber Stamps: Secret Garden, Pursuit Of Happiness.Card Stock: Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Gumball Green.
Inkpads: Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso.
Tools: Large Oval, Scallop Circle, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (set of 3), Bigshot, Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder, Secret Garden Framelits Dies.
Accessories: Pearl Basic Jewels.
Adhesives: Doublesided Tape, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (pg 177 Annual Cat'), Stampin' Dimensionals.
Swallowtail Butterfly Card:
Rubber Stamps: Swallowtail, Itty Bitty Banners.
Card Stock: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party.
Inkpads: Early Early Espresso, VersaMark.
Accessories: Pool Party Embossing Powder
Tools: Borders Scoring Plate, Heat Gun, Bigshot, Bitty Banners Framelits.
Adhesives: Doublesided Tape, Stampin' Dimensionals.

I hope you've enjoyed today's Cards. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or place it in the comments section of the post. Have a great day. Thanks for Stopping by, Angeliki :)

16 May 2013

Secret Garden - Three Panel Accordian Fold Card


Hi There. Well the sun is shining here in sunny Coffs Harbour today so I thought what better time than to post this (rather large) card that I made using Stampin' Up!'s Secret Garden Stamp Set with matching Secret Garden Framelits Dies. If you've been following my blog you'll know that anything I don't have to hand cut is a blessing!!
It's a shame I didn't get some better photos of this as it looked so much better in real life! I've since sold it so I hope you can see it's true beauty - of course I am a little bit biased!
I just love the 'Live in the Sunshine' stamp which is from the 'Pursuit of Happiness' Stamp Set. This stamp set is such a great positive affirmation set which I like looking at to remind me that the simple things in life are often our true treasures.
I teamed 'The Secret of Life is Enjoying the Passing of Time' stamp from the stamp set 'From My Heart' because I felt they went together beautifully and positively. 
The front side of the card is giving the affirmations, and the back side of the card is telling the story of these. The middle section with the white oval is where you write your message.

How to Make the Base Card:
Each Panel measures 12.5x15cm.

1.  Cut a piece of card stock measuring 15 x 28cm and score at 2.5cm and 15cm.
2.  Cut another piece of card stock to 12.5 x 15cm.  Attach this to the 2.5cm flap you created in step 1 to form the Three Panel Accordion Fold Card.
3.  Decorate to your hearts Desire!


 Here's A List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create this Three Panel Accordion Fold Card:
Rubber Stamps: Secret Garden, Pursuit of Happiness, From My Heart.
Cardstock: Rose Red, Whisper White, Gumball Green, Floral District Designer Series Paper Pack.
Inkpads: Rose Red, Gumball Green, Early Espresso.
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon; Tea Lace Paper Doilies.
Tools: Bird Builder, Elegant Butterfly, Scallop Oval & Large Oval Punches;

 Big Shot, Secret Garden & Ovals
 Framelits; Occasions Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Tool & Mat.
Adhesives: Multi Purpose Tombow glue, Double-sided and mounting tape.
Style Tip: Notice the Paper Piercing around each oval of the 'Secret of Life' sentiment? This gives each oval a border which ties them in together so they don't look flat and a little boring!
I hope I have inspired you to give this style of card a go, and I hope you have as much fun making it as I did.
See you soon and Thanks for stopping by, Take Care, Angeliki :)





8 May 2013

Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate

Hi There. Well, Product Spotlight is under way and here's another card I've made using the Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate. I love how easy it is to create instant borders and framing. Without the borders this card would be a little drab and bare but the borders really bring it to life. The smaller border around the butterflies frames this separate piece of card stock beautifully and then the larger waves on the base card ties it altogether.
I used the small ball end of the Stylus to score the borders.
 
 Style Tips Tried and Tested for You
1. Before scoring, remove the plastic film from both sides of the Overlay - It works much easier with the film removed.
2. Use sticky notes to hold card stock down so it won't move. This way, you can place your card stock anywhere on the scoring plate.
3. Run the Stylus through you hair before scoring. Yes, Really!! This helps the Stylus to glide around the embossing tracks with ease. Without it, the Stylus is quite rigid during scoring.
4. Score on the Wrong side of your card stock to get the Embossing on the front of your card stock; Or, score on the Right side of card stock for the De Embossed look. I scored on the wrong side of my card stock to get the Embossing.on the front of my card stock.
Here's a List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create this Card.
Rubber Stamps - Papillon Potpourri, Curly Cute
Card Stock - Whisper White
Ink Pads - Primrose Petal, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Early Espresso
Accessories - Basic Jewells Rhinestones
Tools - Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate, Elegant Butterfly Punch
Adhesives - Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Creating, Angeliki :)

7 May 2013

Product Spotlight - Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate

Hi There. Today is PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT DAY! I'm going to try to have Product Spotlight in the first week of each month - But we'll see how that goes!
This months Product Spotlight item is the Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate. It's specifically made to slide right into the Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Scoring Tool, (which I featured in my very first Product Spotlight in March), and has rubber tabs on the back to hold the plate securely into place so you can score confidently knowing that the plate won't slide about. In total there are 21 Borders and Patterns on the plate to choose from and are suitable for card making and scrapbooking with 16 of them running the whole length of  a 12" piece of card stock.
Here's a small piece of what the plate looks like.

The Borders Scoring Plate comes with an Overlay with identical cut out grooves as the plate acting as a guide for scoring.
TO SCORE 
1. Place the Borders Scoring Plate securely on your Simply Scored Scoring Tool.
2. Place your card stock on top on the Plate.
3. Place the Overlay over your card stock. 
4. Using the Scoring Stylus, draw the Stylus along the grooves in the Overlay of the pattern you wish to use, and Voila!, you have self made borders and patterns.
It's easy to use and has a lot of scope for creativity.
Here's a small card I made incorporating the Borders Scoring Plate.
The scoring adds texture to your projects and gave this card a sense of balance and a nice finish.

Here's a List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create this Card.
Rubber Stamps - Oh, Hello, Bloomin' Marvellous
Card Stock - Whisper White
Ink Pads - Summer Starfruit, Primrose Peals, Raspberry Ripple.
Markers - Midnight Muse, Gumball Green
Tools - Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate, Bitty Butterfly Punch.
Watch this space for more projects using the Borders Scoring Plate. Hope you found this inspirational! Thanks for stopping by. Happy Creating, Angeliki :)

30 Apr 2013

Butterfly Prints Frame

Hi There. Thought I'd post something different today as it showcases other uses for our card and scrap booking materials giving us more value for money! I made this framework with a Wedding in mind but you can make this for any age and any occasion, and it makes a really pretty present.


Style Tips: ** Simply change the Beau Chateau Butterfly papers to Stampin' Up!s Twitterpated for a more whimsical look for a young girls room.
**  Change the paper to Stampin' Up!'s Comfort Cafe for a pretty hall stand show piece or place on the wall above a hall stand.
Well that's me for tonight - short and sweet. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Creating! Angeliki :) 
Here's a list of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create this Framework:
Rubber Stamps - Butterfly Prints
Card Stock & Paper - Whisper White, Beau Chateau Paper Pack
Ink Pads - Chocolate Chip
Punches - Elegant Butterfly, Large Oval
Accessories - Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools -Big Shot, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die
Adhesives - Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals

18 Apr 2013

Patterned Party Birthday Cards

Hi There. Welcome to today's post. I have three cards for you today all of which use the same stamped layout to achieve 3 different results.
These 3 cards are easy and quite quick to make and are really suitable for Male or Female old and young. I love the Grunge look of Card No. 3 and think it would suite male teens well, who are often hard to make for. I actually sold this card to a young lady around 18 years old who said it was perfect for her boyfriend who was a Car Mechanic. I think these would also be great for primary age kids whose friends are having birthday parties and, they're easy enough to make themselves - if you trust them with your products! But, as I said, I really think they're suitable for any age. If you come up with ideas of who you think they would be perfect for, just leave a comment with your suggestion. All suggestions are good and help the rest of us! Happy Creating! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the cards - Angeliki :)
Style Tips: 
** I used the 'Marker-to-Stamp Technique' on all of the presents and balloons. Just click on the link at the bottom of this page which says 'Marker-to-Stamp Technique' for how to instructions.
** I used Glue Dots to adhere the Buttons.

Card 1.
Here's A List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used for the Daffodil Delight Card 1 Above:
Rubber Stamps - Patterned Party, Party This Way.
Card Stock - Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink Pads - Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie
Stampin' Write Markers - Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Regal Rose.
Accessories - Mini Brads Silver, Brights Designer Buttons
Adhesive - Double Sided Tape
Card 2.
Here's A List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used for the Whisper White Card 2 Above: 
Rubber Stamps - Patterned Party, Party This Way.
Card Stock - Whisper White
Ink Pads - Real Red, Marina Mist
Stampin' Write Markers - Real Red, Marina Mist, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse
Accessories - Mini Brads Silver
Adhesive - Double Sided Tape
Card 3.
Here's a List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create the Midnight Muse Card 3 Above:
Rubber Stamps - Patterned Party, French Foliage (for Splotches), Party This Way.
Card Stock - Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake
Ink Pads - Real Red, Midnight Muse, So Saffron (for the splotches)
Stampin' Write Markers - Real Red, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake. 
Accessories - Mini Brads Silver
Tools - Colour Spritzer Tool (with Crumb Cake Marker), Stampin' Distress Tool (Mini Catalogue $8.95) or your fingernail!
Adhesive - Double Sided Tape

17 Apr 2013

Happy Birthday

Hi There. Sorry I didn't get to post this card yesterday as promised but I had visitors drop in unexpectantly to catch up for my Birthday, which was lovely!
My daughter is 25 and lives in Sydney and sent this gorgeous card for my Birthday. You can't see it in the photo, but it has delicate glitter details here and there which is so beautiful. I'm a Singing and Piano Teacher (as well as an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin' Up!) so this is so apt! She has a great knack for choosing beautiful cards - and Birthday presents I might add - Lucky Me!
I thought I would also re-cap the Product Spotlight Cards for this month so you can view them all at once and see how each stamp was used to create all of the different effects.

 That's me for today. Pop back tomorrow as I'm going to show you one card layout used 3 different ways! Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)



15 Apr 2013

Product Spotlight - Hearts A Flutter Card Ideas

Hi There. Well here we are at the end of the series for Product Spotlight this month which products were Hearts A Flutter Stamp Set, Hearts A Flutter Framelits Dies and Tea For Two Designer Series Paper. I would just like to say that none of these products were tested on animals and I hope you've enjoyed this series and that you have been inspired to give some of these cards a go! Here's the last card!

I made this card with the intention that I would sell it as a Wedding or Engagement Card, however the lady who purchased it said it was a card for her best friend who'd just had a Baby and thought it was perfect for that! I'm so glad she said that because there's another use for these products that I hadn't thought of!!
STYLE TIPS:
** The flower is from the Artisan Kit which I cut the stem off and adhered with a Glue Dot.
** All the hearts, stamped & silver, are raised with Stampin' Dimensionals which make them really pop!
There's not much more to say about this card, except that's it's so quick and easy to make and still looks beautiful. I think anybody would be very pleased to receive it!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION - You can purchase the Hearts A Flutter Stamp Set and Hearts a Flutter Framelits Dies separately or purchase as a Bundle and get 15% Off!
Here's the Breakdown: 
Hearts A Flutter Stamp Set - $35.95 (clear mount); $44.95 (wood mount)
Hearts A Flutter Framelits Dies - $42.95
Hearts A Flutter Bundle (Stamp Set & Framelits Dies) $66.95 clear mount Bundle; $73.95 wood mount Bundle.
Here's a List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create this Card.
Rubber Stamps - Hearts A Flutter & Curly Cute
Card and Papers - Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink Pads - Real Red, Pool Party, Pretty in Pink, Primrose Petals, Chocolate Chip.
Accessories - Artisan Kit, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools - Small Heart Punch, Big Shot, Hearts A Flutter Framelits Dies. 
Thanks for stopping by and pop back tomorrow because I have a very pretty card to show you. See you then, Angeliki :)

14 Apr 2013

Product Spotlight - Hearts A Flutter

Hi There. I'm a little late with my post today but I think I can be forgiven as I had to work and it's my Birthday! Happy Birthday to me!!!  Okay, on with show!!
Here's the second last installment in this months Product Spotlight series. Again, this card is made with the Product Spotlight products (that's a real tongue twister when you've typed it as many times as I have over the last few days -Or maybe I need more Birthday Champagne!!)
I made this card for a male but check out the STYLE TIPS below on ideas for prettying it up. And of course, you can put whatever sentiment you like across the ticket.
STYLE TIPS - Ways to Pretty it Up!
** Choose a different section from the papers and match the colours in it to the your ink pads for the stamped images.
** The Brad is from the Antique Brads collection, so choose a more feminine one like the Brass Filigree Flower from that same collection, or a Large Vintage Faceted Button threaded with Linen Thread or Bakers Twine would look nice too.
** Add Faux Stitching around the ticket using a marker in matching ink to one of the stamped images. (See yesterdays post on 'how to' for Faux Stitching)
** Instead of the Linen Thread, wrap a matching colour of Bakers Twine at the bottom of the ticket for a softer look.
 ** Add an 'In Colour Dahlias', or two!, to one or both of the tabs in the top corners.
Well, I must be off now. I hope you had an enjoyable Sunday and the start to your working week goes well.
Thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)

13 Apr 2013

More Product Spotlight

Hi There. I hope you've enjoyed the first two daily installments from my Product Spotlight products - Hearts A Flutter Stamp Set; Hearts A Flutter Framelits Dies and Tea For Two Designer Series Paper Pack.
On first glance these products look so feminine and pretty - which I love! - but they're not just for the Girls!  Here's a Masculine card I created using the same Product Spotlight Products.
Are you like me and love the stitching on other peoples cards but hate the thought of dragging out your sewing machine? Or don't have a sewing machine?  Well I have a Faux Stitching Technique for you which is fun and fast!
Card How To's:
* I scored the border with my Simply Scored Scoring Tool and added the blue paper in the middle.
* I made the FAUX STITCHING by paper piercing the banners and tabs with the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack and drew lines in between each hole with a ruler as a straight guide and my white Signo Gel Pen.
* I added Silver Mini Brads to each banner and adhered them on top of the Early Espresso Bakers Twine which I glued down first with Tombow glue.
* I added the Buttons for extra visual effect and threaded them with Linen Twine to add more texture to the bottom of the card.
STYLE TIP: Looking at my card now, I think using my Early Espresso Marker on the banners to match the twine would have looked better, but still keeping the white gel pen on the tabs - but have a play around and see what colours you like best.

Well that's me for today. There are two installments left in this series so remember to pop back tomorrow for the next. Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)

Here's a list of Stampin' Up! Products I used to create this card (other than the Product Spotlight Products)
Rubber Stamps - 'Curly Cute' for the sentiment
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink Pads - Early Espresso, More Mustard, Island Indigo, Cajun Craze, Lucky Limeade, Real Red
Accessories - Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Mini Brads, Naturals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread
Tools - Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Piercing Mat, Tool, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack
Adhesives - Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Double Sided Tape

12 Apr 2013

Product Spotlight - Shabby Chic Hearts A Flutter

Hi There. It's time for another card I've created with the products from yesterdays PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT - Hearts A Flutter Stamp Set, Hearts A Flutter Dies and Tea For Two Designer Series Paper.
On yesterdays card I used a strip of the Flower Trim and said that you can also cut just one flower off it and it won't unravel, well here it is. You can see it's all in one piece! I adhered it with double sided tape onto the lace strip, which I left the ends shabby to suit the style of the card.
I made a tag from the Tea For Two Designer Series Paper Pack from a section that says 'Tea Leaf" and mounted the Scallop Heart centre piece on top with Stampin' Dimensional. Notice the banners sticking out? They too were made from the Hearts A Flutter Stamp Set and cut out with the matching die.
That's it from me for today. If you have any questions or would like more informations please email me and I will get back to you asap.
If you like todays post please leave a comment.
Pop back tomorrow for the next card using the same Product Spotlight products.
Have a great Friday night! Thanks for stopping by,  Angeliki :)
 All the products are Stampin' Up! and are the same as yesterdays card but here's a short list;
Rubber Stamps - Hearts A Flutter, Curly Cute (sentiment)
Card Stock and Papers - Very Vanilla, Tea For Two Designer Series Paper
Inks - Primrose Petals and Calypso Coral (the banners) 
Seam Binding Ribbon and Lace- Artisan Kit.  
Single Flower - Flower Trim.
Dies - Hearts A Flutter Framelits Dies

11 Apr 2013

Product Spotlight - Hearts A Flutter Bundle

Hi There. Today is PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT day! And taking the spotlight is 'Hearts A Flutter' Stamp Set, 'Hearts A Flutter' Framelits Dies & 'Tea For Two' Designer Series Papers. 
These products look like they're just for the girls, but over the next few days I will show you Masculine and Feminine Cards that I've made using ALL 3 products!
One thing I really love is a stamp set that has coordinating Dies or Punches - No cutting makes it easier and quicker if you're time poor.
Here is the first card I created using the Product Spotlight Products.
 
Don't you just love the strip of flower trim! The flowers are already sewn onto a stripe of tulle and you can cut just one flower off or use as a continuous strip as I've done here. And, the great thing is, the flowers do not unravel when you cut just one off - so you get a perfect flower every time!!
The Button and 'Love' Ticket are from the Artisan Embellishments Kit. Ooohhh, something else that I just love love love!
Style Tip: I used my Full Heart Punch to punch the centre out of the Scalloped Heart on the left, and placed a smaller die cut heart on the right scalloped heart, for me it symbolises one person giving their heart to another and thus become one! Oh, soppy aren't I!!!  However!!, you could leave this whole and repeat the same look of the Scalloped Heart on the right ,or whatever creative fancy takes you!

Okay, so this is what the Hearts a Flutter Stamp Set and Dies look like: I've shown them smaller than they actually are, but for the exact size go to page 11 of the Seasonal Catalogue. The red outline around the stamp images just means they have matching dies, or punches, whichever the case may be.


 I really hope you've enjoyed today's Product Spotlight and remember to pop back tomorrow for more cards I've made with these products.

If you have any questions or would like more information please just email me or leave a comment and I'll get back to you asap!
 Have a great day and see you tomorrow!! Angeliki :)

To order these or other Stampin' Up! Products, just click the Shop Now Banner at the top of this page which will take you to my Stampin' Up!
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Most of the products I've used are from the Seasonal Catalogue and I've named them in Bold throughout the text. However here's a list of products that I used from Stampin' Up!s Annual Catalogue:  
Rubber Stamps - Curly Cute 'Thinking of You' Sentiment 
Card Stock - Vanilla
Ink Pads - Primrose Petals, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso
Tools - Big Shot, Full and Small Heart Punches

2 Apr 2013

Sent With Love

NEW!!! SENT WITH LOVE STAMP SET & DESIGNER SERIES PAPER!!!  You can purchase the Stampin' Up! Sent with Love Stamp Set or the Sent with Love Designer Series Paper individually or both in a bundle at a 20 percent discount!  When you purchase as a bundle you'll also receive Calypso Coral Bakers Twine for FREE!! These exclusive products are only available from 1 April to 15 June, 2013, so get them before they 'fly away'!!


















Item Description
Price
131847 Sent with Love Stamp Set (clear-mount)
$33.95
132182 Sent with Love Designer Series Paper
$18.95
132851 Pretty Bundle
Includes the Sent with Love Stamp Set, Sent with Love Designer Series Paper, and Calypso Coral Baker's Twine
$46.25
20% off retail value!

29 Mar 2013

Stepping Your Card Making Up a Notch

Hi There.  Today I wanted to show you two things; The first -Christmas Papers aren't just for Christmas! And the second - Easy ways to step your carding making up a notch.
Do you recognise these Papers? They're from the Christmas Paper Set 'Candlelight Christmas.'  These two cards started out because I wanted to use my Christmas Papers up, and you definitely wouldn't know they were intended for Christmas!
STEP YOUR CARD MAKING UP A NOTCH.
* Add Little Extras - The first card is a pretty card in itself but just by adding the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Butterfly's, as I've done with the card below, gives more visual interest and makes the card 'pop' as they say!
* Label Layering - Label Layering is a good way of showing off the main attractions and filling space on a card.
* Too much pattern is sometimes not a good thing - In these cards, the embossing of the labels works because it ties in with the pattern on the right hand side of the card and actually brings the whole card together.
* Balancing your card is really important - In both cards I've placed the label layering in two opposite corners to give balance, and in the second card, I have the butterflies flying in opposite directions on both sides of the card. That way, the card is balanced and it draws your eye all around the card.
* Pulling the whole card together - Adding the twine over the seam binding pulls both halves together instead of seeing two segmented sections. And in the second card, gives you visually one whole card instead of seeing four different sections, which would be, the two butterfly sections, and the two label sections.
Here's a list of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to create these two cards:
Rubber Stamps: Sincere Salutations
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals
Papers: Candlelight Christmas Specialty Papers
Accessories: Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Early Espresso Twine.
Tools: Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Scallop and Large Oval.
Adhesives: Sticky Strip, Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
I hope I've helped stepping your card making up a notch and have given you inspiration to pull out your Christmas Papers and get creative with them! Until next time, thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)

21 Mar 2013

More Sale-a-Bration

Hi There. I'll be sorry to see Sale-a-Bration go but tomorrow is the last day to grab these bargains! 
PLEASE NOTE:  Sale-a-Bration Brochure - There are 6 Products from the Annual Catalogue, and the Petite Curly Label Punch, that will still be available after Sale-a-Bration ends, however,  None of the other products in the Sale-a-Bration Brochure will ever be available again!!
Here's two more Cards I made from Free Sale-a-Bration Products. The back board on the Blue Bike Card I made with the Diagonal Scoring Plate, which fits onto the Simply Scored Scoring Tool. After SAB finishes it will be $20.95 - But why not get it FREE! But this Stamp Set, 'Feeling Sentimental' will never be repeated again!!


 The back board for the Red Card I made using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool itself.
STYLE TIPS:
To get the aged look I went around the edges of the card stock with Crumb Cake Ink on a Sponge Dauber and then matted the edges up with my finger nail. If you don't have any finger nails, you can use Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Distress Tool $8.95 (127562 - pg 14 Current Mini Catalogue). Try your fingernail first - it might save you some money!
INTRODUCING MY NEW SEGMENT - PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT!!
Each and every month I will feature a different product/s bringing you ways of using the products so that you get more out of them. I will also feature projects I've made and/or Stampin' Up! have made using that product.So without further ado, here is Marches Product Spotlight!
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT FOR MARCH - 'SIMPLY SCORED SCORING TOOL'.
1.  The Simply Scored Scoring Tool is a great asset. It scores paper and card stock easily and the base fits both of these up to 30.5 x 30.5cm (12" x 12"). It has 2 Imperial rulers along top and 1 down left hand side. It comes with a Metal Tipped Stylus, 3 Place Markers and has a storage compartment.
2.  If you prefer to work in Metric measurements you can purchase the Metric Scoring Plate.
3.  Plates slide securely over your Scoring Tool and have rubber grippers on the back.
4.   You can purchase additional Place Markers and if you lose your Stylus (which we hope not!) or just need an extra one, you can also purchase additional ones separately.
5.  You can make Rosettes quickly and easily -You can see these in the first photo.
6.  It's great for scoring your cards and trickier cards like Easel and Stepper Cards which can be quite fiddly otherwise.
 7.  Create your own designs as I have done in the cards above.
 8.  The Diagonal Scoring Plate is also great for making custom made envelopes out of Designer Series Papers to match your cards and comes with instructions for 3 envelope designs.
9.  Tomorrow is your last day to get the Diagonal Scoring Plate for free with a $100 purchase.

Here's a List of the Main Ingredients I used for my two Cards;
Feeling Sentimental Stamp Set - FREE
Diagonal Scoring Plate - FREE
Simply Scored Scoring Tool 122334
Antique Brads 117273
Linen Thread 104199
So what do you think of my new Product Spotlight segment? I would love to hear from you if you've enjoyed this months Product Spotlight. It's a wet day today here in Coffs Harbour so a good day for Card Making! Enjoy!!
Thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)

19 Mar 2013

Sale-a-Bration is About to End!


Hi There. Sale-a-Bration is nearing its end, with Friday 22 March your last day to get these FREE products.

How to get FREE products - For every $100 you spend you can choose a Free Product from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure.There's Stamp Sets; Embossing Folder; Label Punch; Diagonal Scoring Plate for your Simply Scored Scoring Tool; Papers; Buttons and Ribbons ........ and so much more!

Here's three cards I've made using some of the Free Sale-a-Bration Products.








  
TECHNIQUES TRIED & TESTED FOR YOU!

1.  Want perfect alignment? I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to align the Stems in Card 1 and the Flower over the Stem in Card 2.

2 To get the Ribbon Technique in Card 1 - Adhere the two different coloured Ribbons next to each other at the back only of the card piece, leaving the front lengths unattached. Tie two of the same length ribbons around the front loose Ribbons in a knot and fan out the individual pieces.

3.  No Hand Cutting for the Butterfly Images - The Butterfly Stamp matches perfectly with the Bitty Butterfly Punch in the Current Mini Catalogue on page 13.

HERE'S A LIST OF THE STAMPIN' UP! PRODUCTS I USED ON ALL THREE CARDS  (with Stock Numbers and Prices):

Rubber Stamps:
Bloomin' Marvelous Stamp Set - FREE
Madison Avenue Stamp Set - FREE

Accessories:
Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack- FREE
Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper - FREE

Tools:
Bitty Butterfly Punch 129406 - $27.95
Stamp-a-ma-jig 101049 - $20.95
Honeycomb Embossing Folder 129378 - $13.95
Framelits Dies - Ovals Collection - $45.95 Includes 7 different sized Ovals with Largest size Scallope Edged.
Large Oval Punch 119855 - $27.95
Scallop Oval Punch 119856 - $29.95

I really enjoyed making these cards - I love the Brightness and Fun Elements of them. Hope you like them too. Remember to leave a comment if you like them - if you don't like them, please don't leave a negative comment as my blog is a fun and happy place! Thanks for stopping by - Angeliki :)